We are first and foremost a brand that innovates by merging physical products with augmented reality. We create immersive, tactile experiences to explore and enjoy the space. Experiences like our EARTH model. An exact replica of the Earth globe, powered by cute edge augmented reality. But we also want to help our users in any possible way. We know that maybe that is not what brought you here. Maybe you are looking for instructions about how to build a 3D model of the earth as part of an assignment. Or maybe you are a 3D artist, looking for a file to save a bit of time in your rendering efforts.
In any case, we are gonna try to help you with this article.
The first case, you are looking for fine 3d models to satisfy your creative needs. In this case, we are gonna review what we think are the best options. We are trying to focus on the ones offering also free models. There is a lot of incredibly good paid resources and libraries, but we will refrain to suggest one over the other. Instead, we will give you some hints for finding good and even free options for building your 3D model of the solar system (or any other space recreation, for what is worth). No matter if it is for creating a real environment, animation or illustration, we hope these links will help you.
A good place to start looking is the Unity store. They pride themselves on being a platform providing anything you need to build real 3D environments (and monetize them). A search for “planet earth” with return some good results, including some free ones. Continuing with commercial places for you to explore, Sketchfab is a well-known one. Full WebGL previews available. There are not a lot of models, a couple of cheap low poly models. But you have some solar system models, moons and planets you can use (like one called “plant meh” that made us chuckle a bit). You have free options, with some detailed ones in free3d.com. This guys have been around for quite a bit and still are able to deliver.
Turbosquid offers somehow a more ample selection for models of the planet. The prices go from $10 to more expensive and detailed ones for up to $400. It is the only one that offers photorealistic models and that understandably comes with a price.
The NASA resources site for 3D models would have been our first choice. Unfortunately, there is no model of our planet in the library (shame on you, NASA). Regardless, it is a wonderful resource where you have freely available 3D models of many NASA spacecraft and some celestial bodies. Totally worth it, we recommend you to check it out.
Are you trying to learn about the Earth model for your school project? Do you need environmental science resources for teachers? We got you. If you are in one of those groups, we hope you’ll find the NASA page for Stem educators useful. Lots of resources for learning about Earth’s facts, the vital signs of the planet, the visible parts of our planet or the missions leading us to acquire all this knowledge. You also have the resources from the National Science Foundation. With a more classic approach to learning and planning activities, but still useful.
Another engaging learning resource is the one provided by Google Earth, Through google’s product, you can explore a diverse range of aspects of our planet. We found particularly appealing their “explorer” series (Explorers: Early Global Connectors), connecting history developments with geo-exploration of the planet. We really hope you found them useful!